Seasonal events in London

Seasonal events in London


Pancake day is the day on which pancakes are eaten because it is a biblical tradition concerning the Lenten fast before Easter. You can find many restaurants that offer special menus on this occasion the date is the 15th of February.

Fashion weekend located at the Victoria House in Bloomsbury is a 4 day festival where you can discover all the new trends for the coming season, you will get exclusive discounts on designer brands only on the weekend. From February 27th until March 1st.

Scenes in the square celebrating Britain's love of cinema located in Leicester Square you can follow a precise route and meet your favourite characters such as Mary Poppins, Mr Bean or Paddington. From 27th February to 30th June.


St Patrick's day every 17th March Ireland celebrates St Patrick's Day with a traditional national holiday. London does not have a public holiday to celebrate this tradition but usually you can find fun events on the weekend before March 17th.

London games festival from the 25th of March to the 6th of April you will be able to discover the best video games and interactive entertainment. You can also watch a parade of fictional characters in Trafalgar square and try out games that are in the experimental stage at Somerset House.

The boat race on the banks of the Thames you can enjoy a 6.8km boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University. This event will take place on March 29th, you can have a beautiful view of Putney Bridge or Craven Cottage.


Underbelly Festival located in South Bank you can enjoy circus, theatre, comedy and more on the south bank of the Thames while also enjoying food of all kinds from street vendors. The festival runs all summer long, so make the most of it.

Easter weekend you can celebrate at home with an egg hunt in your garden or watch a film and eat chocolate eggs. You can choose to visit a chocolate factory as well. From the 10th of April to the 13th.

Virgin Money London Marathon 42.2km, 40,000 participants, whether it's to raise money or for a personal challenge there are many reasons to participate in events like this. Whether you are a beginner or an athlete it doesn't matter, you will even find many celebrities who have participated in this marathon like Chris Evans for example.


London wine week from May 11th to 17th you can find many events celebrating wine, from open air parties to wine tastings etc... The Flat Iron Square is home to the London Wine week hub for wine bars, street food and special prices.

Photo London located in Somerset House you will find more than 100 galleries represented for more than 20 different countries. From major museums to emerging artists you can make up your own mind about what photography has to offer. If you are interested in new talent the "Discovery" section is for you from the 14th to the 17th of May.

RHS Chelsea flower show on this occasion the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital will be transformed into a horticultural exhibition. You will be able to admire the floral garden designs of the world's leading florists and nurseries in London's richest district from 19th to 23rd May.

FA cup Final on 23rd May if you are lucky enough to get tickets to see the match at Wembley Stadium you will have an unforgettable time. For those who are not so lucky you will also be able to watch it in most of the pubs in London.


Open garden squares weekend from 6th to 8th June all parks in London will be open to the public including private parks, rooftop gardens, gardens of historic buildings and many more, so you can discover a side of London you never knew existed.

Trooping the colour on the 13th of June on the Queen's birthday you can watch a parade of the Royal Guards with horses and other special features of the ceremony. The Queen herself usually participates in the event from Buckingham to the Horse Guards parade in a horse-drawn carriage. She will join all members of the Royal Family on the Palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force parade.

Taste of London festival located at Regent's park is a total transformation for this park which will host several restaurants to present various dishes but also cooking demonstrations or shopping on about 200 different stands.

All night art festivals are different every year as it takes place in different parts of London and the themes are not the same from one year to another. You can enjoy music, architecture, performance and much more. Last year the theme was Love, Hope, and Future usually on the night of June 20-21.

Pride every year thousands of people join together to celebrate differences in gender, sexual orientation and the freedom to be able to assume them. The LGBT+ community comes together in a colourful and lively parade of culture, art, dance, cinema etc... You will be able to attend this celebration on the 27th of June.


BP Big screens between June and July you can enjoy free Opera and Ballet in central London on the BP Big screens at the Royal Opera House, Trafalgar Square, Wembley and White City. Bring a picnic lunch with family or friends and enjoy the open air cinema atmosphere.

Greenwich + Docklands international festival from June 19th to July 4th, an artistic production of open air theatre that you can enjoy in the Royal Greenwich, Docklands and Tower Hamlets areas. Celebrating love, struggle, ambition and many other themes.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships from 29th June to 12th July is a world famous tennis tournament, it takes place in Wimbledon on the original playing surface i.e. the grass and the players have a specific dress code. The tournament attracts 500,000 spectators including the Royal family not counting those watching live on television.

BBC Proms if you are a fan of classical music these events are for you, from July 17th to September 12th you can enjoy a season of different concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues. Accessibility to classical music at affordable prices is the aim of these events.


FIlm4 summer screen if you're a film buff this is the place for you, modern or classic films here is the open air film festival which is located in Somerset House. This is the biggest screen in London, you will also see short metranges and special guest presentations. Bring your own picnic or buy on the spot, everything is planned for a comfortable evening.

Notting hill carnival on the 30th and 31st of August you will be able to admire the biggest street party in London, music, colour you will see costumed artists dancing and parading through the streets. You'll also find food stalls from all over the world along the way.

If you would like to discuss this emotional and culturally rich programme with people from London or elsewhere you can visit the language exchange page on our Studenz website.

Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer

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